Björn Ranelid (born May 21, 1949) is a Swedish author from Malmö. Since the beginning of his career in 1983, Ranelid has published twenty novels and written about five hundred articles in different magazines and newspapers. The author has also made numerous speeches throughout the years since his debut. Ranelid is currently (2012) very active, with eleven novels published since 2000. He has been living in Stockholm since 1989.
The Warrior (Swedish: Krigaren), 2001
David Saxon is an American who after fighting in Vietnam deserts and finds a haven in Sweden. Saxon's younger brother was killed in the war and is mourned as a hero, whilst himself was disowned by his family - parents, wife and children. Being young, he decides to start a new life in the capital of Sweden, Stockholm. He learns Swedish, makes friends, and finds a job as a janitor in a school. Through his work he gets acquainted with many of the children and young adolescents, some of which come from Stockholm's more troubled suburbs. Among them are Selma and Joppe, sister and brother. Later, after Saxon's retirement, Selma runs away from home and asks the former janitor for help and shelter. Her brother, who since he left school has been searching his fortune in the criminal world of the capital, has been found murdered. Selma's determination to find the murderer is as strong as Saxon's will to get to know young Selma under her tough surface.
Ranelid tells his stories in a non-linear fashion, and the narrator travels in time as the plot goes on. From Birmingham, Alabama, to the jungle in Vietnam to the isles of Stockholm, the story tells more of the human nature than of the murder, and spans over almost the entire adult life of Saxon. The novel covers both an ant's view of political history since the sixties and a deeply philosophical introspective of what values really matter in life. Ranelid paints a portrait of a man who has both inflicted and suffered loss and who with time surmounts his griefs with the help of love and care.
- Den överlevande trädgårdsmästaren (1983)
- I glastiden (1985)
- David Hills obotliga minne (1987)
- Mellan mörker och ljus. Erik Höglunds 80-tal (1988)
- Påfågelns längtan (1989)
- Mördarens öga (1990)
- Mästaren (1992)
- Mitt namn skall vara Stig Dagerman (1993)
- Synden (1994)
- I Bögens namn (1994)
- Kärlekens innersta rum (1996)
- Till alla människor på jorden och i himlen (1997)
- Tusen kvinnor och en sorg (1998)
- Min son fäktas mot världen (2000)
- Krigaren (2001)
- David Puma och drottning Silvia (2002)
- Kvinnan är första könet (2003)
- Ord (2003)
- Bär ditt barn som den sista droppen vatten (2004)
- Lustmördarna (2005)
- Hjärtat som vapen (2006)
- Öppet brev till George W Bush: paradisets nycklar hänger i helvetet - en sann berättelse (2007)
- Ansikte av eld (2008)
- I Give You My Finest Words - Aphorisms and Metaphors in Swedish, French, English and German (2009)
- Kniven i hjärtat (2010)
- Tyst i klassen! (2012)
Ranelid played professional football for Malmö FF and Helsingborgs IF however only with limited appearances in each club's first team. He started as a youth player in Håkanstorps BK before moving to Malmö FF in his teenage years, Ranelid transferred to Helsingborgs IF in 1970.
- Juhlin, Lennart (February 26, 2004). "Ranelids tid hade gett SM-silver på sträckan". Dagens Nyheter. (Swedish)